MDH Cites Brookdale North Oaks
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Brookdale North Oaks was not adequately supervised and fell and was hospitalized with fractured shoulder.
Failure to supervise leads to a fractured shoulder of resident
Neglect was substantiated. The facility neglected to make available a registered nurse for consultation to staff performing delegated nursing tasks when the client injured her shoulder and was in pain. Staff were directed to contact the executive director of the license. The client’s treatment was delayed for approximately four days and the client was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder that required hospitalization. It could not be determined when or how the client fell.
The nurse did not assess the client, but called the administrator with direction to fax the doctor’s order to an x-ray company to come to the facility to x-ray the client’s shoulder. The administrator sent the fax, but did not communicate the order to anyone else, as the facility did not have a nurse on the staff at the time.
The administrator was away from the facility for two days, and when she returned learned that the client did not get an x-ray. The administrator called the x-ray company who came to the facility the same day to x-ray the client’s shoulder. The x-ray revealed that the client had a dislocated shoulder, and the doctor ordered her to the hospital for treatment.
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